Religion by Lamar G. Baker

Religion by Lamar G. Baker

Religion

Lamar G. Baker

Title

Religion

 
Artist

Lamar G. Baker

  1908 - 1994 (biography)
Year
1936  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
11 1/2 x 8 11/16" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right; initialed in stone, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil titled and dated, lower left; dated in the stone, lower right; verso in artist's hand: "Unlimited until Jan 1, 1937" 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Rives wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23032 
Price
$750.00 
Description

Lamar Baker depicts symbols of Christianity and Judaism gathering dust and spiderwebs, as though seen through the lens of time. A carved Jesus is split through the middle by a tiny woodpecker, who is perched on the edge of a radio, symbolizing perhaps the destructive nature of commercialized Evangelicalism. Wormholes riddle the books and wooden architectural details of the sculptures. A Torah provides an anchor for spiderwebs.

Baker did not shrink from exploring difficult and often controversial ideas, using art as a platform to critique the hypocrisy of social norms and prejudices. While his work often falls into the Surrealist catgory, it was often less veiled, and more pointed, than many of his contemporaries.